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Phlebotomist Job

Job Number: RIH19007

Job Title: Phlebotomist - PD

Department: Phlebotomy Program - 1012974

Facility: Rhode Island Hospital

Location: Providence, RI

Under the supervision of the Pathology Manager, Phlebotomy Supervisor or guidance of the Lead Phlebotomist, performs responsibilities associated with obtaining blood and various other patient specimens. Transports specimens and completes basic records. Performs related clerical support activities to interview and instruct patients, enters data into computerized database, and maintains related records and reports.


Level of knowledge generally acquired through High School plus accredited course(s) in Phlebotomy Techniques.

Knowledge of principles of aseptic techniques.

Basic understanding of anatomy, physiology, infection control, specimen processing, medical terminology, first aid and safety.

Ability to perform venipuncture techniques and capillary puncture on adults, children and infants.

Interpersonal skills to obtain and provide information to patients and to explain procedures effectively in order to allay fears and anxiety.

Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care patients with consideration of aging processes, human development stages and cultural patterns in each step of the care process.

Clerical skills to prepare and maintain records and reports, including keyboard skills to enter/access information.

Familiarity with blood collector equipment, anticoagulants, special precautions and interference.

Ability to distinguish chromatic colors.

A Phlebotomy certificate required.


Six to nine months of previous phlebotomy experience to demonstrate venipuncture proficiency or evidence of acceptable clinical training (i.e. written recommendation from the supervisor of laboratory where internship was completed, student evaluation and documentation of successful venipunctures), plus additional one to three months on the job training experience to become familiar with clerical support activities.